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In A Dry Season (Inspector Banks #10)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  5,779 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
When a boy finds a skeleton buried in a dried-up reservoir, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is brought in to head what seems like a routine, dead-end investigation. He finds it is anything but. With the help of Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot, Banks uncovers long-kept secrets in a community that has resolutely concealed its past. As Banks and Cabbot unravel the decept ...more
Published June 6th 2006 by Penguin Canada (first published January 1st 1999)
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Cynthia I'm not too particular about reading the first of a series, it's more about reading one of the author's better/more representative works first so I'll…moreI'm not too particular about reading the first of a series, it's more about reading one of the author's better/more representative works first so I'll keep reading him/her.

FWIW this was my first Insp. Banks. He has a certain amount of backstory about his family and some other case(s), but not enough to detract. The real lure here is the specific case he's working on and that story stands alone very well.(less)
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Thomas Strömquist
One of the top Banks'! A really cold case and with the inspector himself out in the cold in more ways than one. We get to know a lot of background and not seldom does his own history and life mirror the happenings of the past that Banks is called upon to investigate. All that and the introduction of the lovely DS Annie Cabbott! This book saved me from a reading slump I was edging towards and I enjoyed it very much. So much, in fact, that I'll do one more as I still have a few unread in the serie ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 13, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks remains in the doghouse to which the jealous, stubborn, petty Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle confined him in the previous novel, Blood At The Root. In this novel, Banks investigates a decades’ old skeleton exposed when the Thornfield Reservoir dries out during a summer drought. With Hobb’s End already a dying village due to the closure of the flax mill, the remaining villagers were evacuated, resettled hither and yon, and the village flooded in 1953 to create t ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I agree with a number of people that this is a great series and that this book is where the series steps over to be a serious contender in the great mystery series genre. I have enjoyed the books up to now, but they did not really prepare me for the complexity of this novel. Robinson's Chief Inspector Banks is a wonderful creation. This is a book that blends the past and the present and Robinson does this seamlessly. We flit back and forth from present-day England to England during the Second Wo ...more
Erica Verrillo
Oct 20, 2012 Erica Verrillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a Dry Season is Robinson's most complex, most sensitive and most satisfying novel. A skeleton, the victim of a violent murder 50 years past, is discovered in a ghost town. Banks, more for personal reasons (his marriage is falling apart) than for anything else, sets out to solve the crime. But who is the victim? Why was she murdered? After fifty years these questions are not easily answered. As Banks unravels this mystery, a second mystery, a story told by an unidentified witness, takes us bac ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not my favorite so far of the Inspector Banks books. I thought this one drug along slowly in the middle and was a bit too long. It was rather unusual for me to wish the epilogue would be shorter and more to the point. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2017-challenge
A roasting hot summer and a village that was submerged beneath a dam rises from the water. A young boy playing in the ruins makes a gruesome discovery. Alan Banks, in disgrace with Jimmy Riddle, is sent in to investigate.

An excellent book. Well plotted, well written, and the switches between past and present easy to follow.

This is the book that introduces the character of Annie Cabbot, one of the feistier female police officers to be found in today's crime novels.

Because plenty of back story is
Kirsty Darbyshire
Feb 01, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2012 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

"In a Dry Season is a 1999 work by Peter Robinson and (I discovered after reading it) one of a series of novels featuring Inspector Alan Banks and set in the fictional town of Eastvale in Yorkshire.

I was drawn to this book (I admit it) because I was intrigued by the photograph on the cover, of a winter tree and a church, almost fully submerged in water. Obviously a manipulated image, but intriguing nonetheless. My copy shows a 1940s bomber aircraft reflect
Jun 03, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robinson, Peter. IN A DRY SEASON. (1999). *****. This in as an extremely well-written and plotted mystery from Robinson featuring his series character, DCI Alan Banks. In the early 1950s, the small village of Hobbs End in Yorkshire was ultimately buried under tons of water as the hollow it occupied was turned into an additional reservoir for the surrounding towns. Now, in the late 1990s, several years of drought have caused the old village to reappear. A young boy was playing in one of the old b ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Peter Robinson’s series about DCI Alan Banks has me wanting to drink more gin and tonics, eat more pub style food and wanting to visit Yorkshire. This is book # 10 in the DCI Banks series and I am already tucked into the next book. More on that one later. I am absolutely addicted to these police procedurals and will be at a loss when I have caught up with Robinson’s latest books.

In a Dry Season starts with skeletal remains being discovered under an old outbuilding. A boy is exploring vil
Mar 19, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it
I've never read any of this series, but will certainly look for others. It is very difficult to run two plots effectively in one book, but I've read a couple lately where it has been done quite effectively, this being one of them. For an entire lake to dry up for lack of water the north of England would really have to have an unusual year and I haven't looked at meteorological records to see if it was as dry as all that. In any event the dryness has bared the remains of a small village which was ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Lieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Weer een mooi boek van Peter Robinson, zijn inspecteur, Banks, komt steeds meer en meer tot leven. Ik vind het leuk om de hoofdpersonages zo mooi uitgewerkt te zien. Je gaat doorheen alle boeken, meer en meer meeleven met de inspecteur, geeft voor mij een extra dimensie aan de reeks.

In dit boek is de inspecteur op een zijspoor gezet, zijn vrouw heeft hem verlaten, hij is verhuisd en moet opnieuw beginnen. Algauw is de zaak waar hij op gezet wordt, zijn redding. Het klikt met de agente waar hij
In a Dry Season - G+
robinson, Peter

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, on the skids since the breakup with wife Sandra, languishes in "career Siberia" until old nemesis Chief Constable Riddle sends him to remotest Yorkshire on a "dirty, pointless, dead-end case." It seems a local kid has discovered a skeleton in dried-up Thornfield Reservoir, constructed on the site of the deserted bucolic village of Hobb's End. Banks taps into his familiar network of colleagues to identify the skeleton as th
Jul 23, 2010 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Peter Robinson's first Alan Banks novel, GALLOWS VIEW, and thought "Eh, not bad." At some point in many series, however, comes a book that kicks things up a notch. I get the feeling this was such a book for this series.

Banks, who's gotten onto his superior's naughty list, gets shuffled off to investigate a murder that apparently happened in the 1940's. The murder would have gone completely undetected had the reservoir that drowned the tiny village of Hobb's End not run dry and exposed th
Nov 15, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson is always good, but this one to me wasn't as strong as others. For one he keeps flashing back to this character, supposedly hugely formative to his career decision, who we've never heard of before - Jem. Huh??? I also didn't buy into Sandra's little appearance - w/o calling, just showing up at the worst time and being a bit of a biotch. That was out of character and a bit too convenient (read: sloppy). I did enjoy progression of the back story (other than the Sandra appearance). But wha ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was indeed a dry season. So dry that the Thornfield Reservoir has completely dried up exposing the village of Hobb's End which was flooded when the reservoir was made in the aftermath of WWII. A curious child can't resist exloring the old village when he accidently falls through a rotting roof, lands deep in mud, and comes up holding a skeletal hand.

Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot are both in their supervisor's bad books and that's how they end up investigating this seemingly hopeless case.

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Dec 21, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers,
Recommended to Lisa by: book club
With In a Dry Season, Peter Robinson creates a mostly suspenseful tale in which the much beleaguered DCI, Allan Banks and the freethinking DS Annie Cabbot grapple with a decades old murder, love, their own pasts and family ties. However, brevity is the soul of suspense as well as wit, and this books is not blessed with anything akin to brevity. While I found all facets of book, including the detectives' personal lives,intriguing there were many times when sections could have been neatly pared to ...more
Sep 26, 2010 Jeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this thoughtful, many layered mystery, and the passages evoking life in a bygone era were particularly interesting. I usually find that this kind of split point of view doesn't work for me, but this was an exception. I enjoyed both the modern day investigation, including Banks' adaption to single life, and the view of events leading up to the murder. I do, however, question describing it as suspenseful, as it was not particularly suspenseful. Complex, intriguing, fascinating even, but ...more
Nov 20, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our Inspector Banks is going through big transitions in his personal life. He's kind of an ass through a lot of the book, and he's not quite as introspective as I would have thought. But while he's exploring post-divorce relationships, he's trying to solve the murder of a young woman that was committed in the middle of the 20th century. Robinson is a great author. He manages to intertwine the present day story lines along with the story of the past quite well. And the ending is masterful. Packed ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is probably the best Banks novel that I have read so far. The story line is filled with details from the past and the present that cleverly intertwine into a wonderful investigation. As you read, you are drawn into the story and wonderful characters that hold your interest right down to the last page. The sub-plot of his developing relationship with Sergeant Abbott as well as his disintegrating relationship with his ex-wife is an interesting part of the novel. If you haven't read Robinson, ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I really enjoyed this. Not only did it have the introduction of Annie Cabbot into the series, which was well-scripted and provided some momentum for the continuation of the series, but it also contained one of the most interesting and unusual central crimes. The sections told 'in the past' worked well, and were convincingly written, and the development of the story in the present day also meshed well and kept me interested.
Feb 18, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this author and I like his fictional character Detective Chief Inspector Allen Banks. I think that this authors greatest strength and weakness is the attention he gives to DCI Banks’ personal life. In some ways it makes the character more believable and in some ways you just want to get into the story. I felt that this book lacked some of the intensity of the other books written by this author.
Jan 16, 2013 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyed reading this police procedural especially the budding relationship between Banks and Annie Cabbott, will be interesting to read the next in the series.
Rajesh Shah
Mar 16, 2017 Rajesh Shah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my my third in the inspector banks series (after #1, #2) and my far the best. Except the ending. It ended too abruptly for me without a proper closure for one of the main characters of the book and it has been bugging me since then.
Leigh Harrison
Feb 10, 2017 Leigh Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of Peter Robinson's Allan Banks police procedurals. It held my attention from beginning to end.
Jan 17, 2017 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bon polar à l'anglaise, des histoires bien ficelées et qui entremêlent jusqu'au dénouement !
Chouette livre !
Madhusudan Chokhra
Phenomenal, Marvelous, Terrific, Spectacular, Magnificent, Incredible........................
Best book any author can write.
The way Peter Robinson write this, he incarnates the characters. Literally I can feel everything, it feels like its happening right in-front of me. I can visualize the arena, the surrounding thanks to his detailing. The plot is Phenomenal, it couldn't be better. Extraordinary, stunning everything perfect.
It has everything thrill, romance, sex, suspense and a brilliant story
Jan 10, 2017 Derekadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, past and present intertwine well,
Paula Dembeck
Dec 26, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it
This is the tenth book in the Inspector Banks series.
A young boy, playing in an out building at the bottom of a dried up reservoir discovers an erie skeleton. The reservoir, created long ago to help supply Leeds with water, had covered what was once a small village called Hobb’s End. But a very dry season has exposed the remains of the abandoned ruins after they had been covered with water for years. And there are a host of difficult problems in trying to identify the victim. How long have the
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